Launch of Masterplan Marine Biotechnology for Schleswig-Holstein / Germany
The northern German federal state Schleswig-Holstein is known as “land between the seas”. Already in 2004 its government launched the initiative “Sea Our Future” to pool and promote maritime issues. Schleswig-Holstein’s economy is closely linked to the North and the Baltic Sea. Marine Biotechnology as a future key technology is an integral part of it. Within the SUBMARINER project, Norgenta is responsible for the preparation of a regional development strategy for Marine Biotechnology in Schleswig-Holstein. The process included identification of the main industrial topics and markets (functional food, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and cosmetics) as well as academic topics (marine genomics, marine microbial diversity, biologically active substances, and biobanking). A SWOT analysis was carried out and series of activities were proposed.